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Board Game Review: Judge Dredd: Block War

There’s been a welcome resurgence of interest in Judge Dredd on the tabletop in recent years. Not only have we seen the excellent – if ridiculously challenging – The Cursed Earth, but there’s also been a miniatures game, an RPG and other board games too, perhaps most notably the critically acclaimed retheming of Wildlands, Judge Dredd: Helter Skelter – which […]

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Review: Titanfall 2 (Campaign)

I never got around to playing the original Titanfall, which released on Xbox 360, Xbox One and PC in 2014. Titanfall was a big deal when it was announced; the first game from Respawn Entertainment, headed up by Infinity Ward co-founders Jason West and Vince Zampella – who’d left Activision in a storm of controversy involving unpaid bonuses, alleged insubordination […]

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Board Game Review: Shadowrun: Zero Day

Though I’ve just covered another Shadowrun board game this week (the Lords of Waterdeep-esque Shadowrun: Sprawl Ops), I’ve also recently acquired two player card game Shadowrun: Zero Day. For once in a Shadowrun game, the complexity and buckets-of-dice elements are dialled down or tossed out entirely, leaving a more focused, fast-paced experience that goes all in on presenting just one […]

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Board Game Review: Shadowrun: Sprawl Ops

As a fan of cyberpunk since the early 90s and a D&D player for even longer, the fantasy/sci-fi mashup of tabletop RPG Shadowrun always appealed to me. Though it could sometimes feel as if not enough is done with its fantasy elements – and that it may as well just be straight cyberpunk – it does have an appealingly detailed […]

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Review: Grow Home

Though it’s five years old now, Grow Home is one of those games that just feels timeless. It’s one that far too few people have heard of, let alone played, but you should definitely give it a chance. It really won’t take long to – I apologise in advance – grow on you. It’s an oddity from UbiSoft, especially given […]

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Review Roundup – Gears of War

I’ve threatened/promised to cover a series of films or games from beginning to end on a number of occasions, but as of now the only complete (so far at least) film series I’ve managed to complete is Jurassic Park/World – but I’ve also recently completed my series of Gears of War game reviews too (aside from Judgment, which isn’t a […]

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Review: Gears 5

Though Gears of War 4 wasn’t without issues – as I noted in my review – it was an extremely satisfying game with a story that finally hit the right tone and shook off the Michael Bay-isms that had plagued the series from the beginning. Though the story felt like it ended abruptly, the final scene was a masterclass in […]

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Review: Gears of War 4

Note: as with my other Gears of War reviews, I’ve not checked out the vast and popular suite of multiplayer options; my thoughts here are based on the campaign alone. As the first post-Epic Games, post-Xbox 360 and post-original trilogy Gears of War entry, Gears of War 4 had an awful lot to prove. Could it work without Cliffy B’s […]

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TV Review: The Mandalorian

When I first heard about The Mandalorian, I have to say I was concerned that a live action series simply wouldn’t be able to pull off a convincing dive into the Star Wars universe on a TV show budget. Not only that, but I felt that the focus on a Bona Fett-esque character would simply be looking to capitalise on […]

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Review: Gears of War 2

When I reviewed Gears of War: Ultimate Edition last year, I mentioned that I was going to try and work my way through the Gears series in order, though due to a number of different reasons it’s taken me a lot longer than I anticipated to continue the journey. One of those reasons – which you’ll know if you read […]

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Film Review: Solo – A Star Wars Story (2018)

The risk of making huge budget movies can sometimes be a gamble worthy of beloved Corellian chancer Han Solo himself. However, there were – until recently – not many franchises more set for success than Star Wars, so a prequel movie covering the early years of Han Solo was seen as the closest thing there is in Hollywood to a […]

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TV Review: Red Dwarf: The Promised Land

I was there at the beginning, you know. Of course the beginning – episode one of Red Dwarf, broadcast on BBC 2 way back in 1988 – was actually called The End. I was immediately hooked. Essentially a traditional sitcom featuring mismatched characters butting heads to amusing effect – that just happens to be set in space – Red Dwarf […]

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Film Review: Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991)

After the critical and commercial failure of the William Shatner-directed Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, there was concern that the series – at least from the point of view of the movies starring the original cast – had run its course. On TV, the Star Trek series was thriving of course, with The Next Generation approximately halfway through its […]

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Review: Hyper Parasite

Available on: PS4, Steam, Switch, Xbox One – Version Played: XBox One – By: Troglobytes Games When a body snatching alien parasite invades Earth in an alternate, straight-to-video 1980s world, the badass, eyepatch wearing US President – who curses and takes no crap from anyone – declares open season on the invader. Normally, a neon drenched, B-movie style twin stick […]